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Working As A Creative Producer

  • Getting Information
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $62,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Creative Producer Do

Producers and directors create motion pictures, television shows, live theater, commercials, and other performing arts productions. They interpret a writer’s script to entertain or inform an audience.

Duties

Producers and directors typically do the following:

  • Select scripts or topics for a film, show, commercial, or play
  • Audition and select cast members and the film or stage crew
  • Approve the design and financial aspects of a production
  • Oversee the production process, including performances, lighting, and choreography
  • Oversee the postproduction process, including editing, special effects, music selection, and a performance’s overall tone
  • Ensure that a project stays on schedule and within budget
  • Promote finished works or productions through interviews, advertisements, and film festivals

Large productions often have associate, assistant, and line producers who share responsibilities. For example, on a large movie set an executive producer is in charge of the entire production, and a line producer runs the day-to-day operations. A TV show may employ several assistant producers to whom the head or executive producer gives certain duties, such as supervising the costume and makeup team.

Similarly, large productions usually employ several assistant directors, who help the director with tasks such as making set changes or notifying the performers when it is their time to go onstage. The specific responsibilities of assistant producers or directors vary with the size and type of production they work on.

Producers make the business and financial decisions for a motion picture, TV show, commercial, or stage production. They raise money for the project and hire the director and crew. The crew may include set and costume designers, film and video editors, a musical director, a choreographer, and other workers. Some producers may assist in the selection of cast members. Producers set the budget and approve any major changes to the project. They make sure that the production is completed on time, and they are ultimately responsible for the final product.

Directors are responsible for the creative decisions of a production. They select cast members, conduct rehearsals, and direct the work of the cast and crew. During rehearsals, they work with the actors to help them more accurately portray their characters. For nonfiction video, such as documentaries or live broadcasts, directors choose topics or subjects to film. They investigate the topic and may interview relevant participants or experts on camera. Directors also work with cinematographers and other crew members to ensure the final product matches the overall vision.

Directors work with set designers, costume designers, location scouts, and art directors to build a project’s set. During a film’s postproduction phase, they work closely with film editors and music supervisors to make sure that the final product comes out the way the producer and director envisioned. Stage directors, unlike television or film directors who document their product with cameras, make sure the cast and crew give a consistently strong live performance. For more information, see the profiles on actors, writers and authors, film and video editors and camera operators, dancers and choreographers, and multimedia artists and animators.

Although directors are in charge of the creative aspects of a show, they ultimately answer to producers. Some directors also share producing duties for their own films.

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How To Become A Creative Producer

Most producers and directors have a bachelor’s degree and several years of work experience in an occupation related to motion picture, TV, or theater production, such as an actor, film and video editor, or cinematographer.

Education

Producers and directors usually have a bachelor’s degree. Many students study film or cinema at colleges and universities. In these programs, students learn about film history, editing, screenwriting, cinematography, and the filmmaking process. Others major in writing, acting, journalism, or communication. Some producers earn a degree in business, arts management, or nonprofit management.

Many stage directors complete a degree in theater and some go on to receive a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree. Classes may include directing, playwriting, set design, and acting. As of May 2015, the National Association of Schools of Theatre accredited more than 180 programs in theater arts.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Producers and directors might start out working in a theatrical management office as a business or company manager. In television or film, they might start out as an assistant or another low-profile studio job.

Advancement

As a producer’s or director’s reputation grows, he or she may work on larger projects that attract more attention or publicity.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Producers and directors must coordinate the work of many different people to finish a production on time and within budget.

Creativity. Because a script can be interpreted in different ways, directors must decide how they want to interpret it and then how to represent the script’s ideas on the screen or stage.

Leadership skills. A director instructs actors and helps them portray their characters in a believable manner. They also supervise the crew, who are responsible for the behind the scenes work.

Time-management skills. Producers must find and hire the best director and crew for the production. They make sure that all involved do their jobs effectively, keeping within a production schedule and a budget.

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Average Length of Employment
Senior Producer 4.0 years
Writer/Producer 3.7 years
Executive Producer 3.5 years
Freelance Producer 3.1 years
Media Producer 3.0 years
Creative Producer 3.0 years
Editor & Producer 2.9 years
Creative Designer 2.9 years
Video Producer 2.8 years
Producer 2.7 years
Content Producer 2.1 years
Co-Producer 1.8 years
Assistant Producer 1.7 years
Creative Assistant 1.6 years
Top Careers Before Creative Producer
Producer 13.2%
Internship 6.0%
Director 4.7%
Writer 3.6%
Editor 3.1%
Top Careers After Creative Producer
Producer 11.5%
Director 4.6%
Owner 4.2%
Founder 3.8%
Consultant 3.1%

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Average Yearly Salary
$62,000
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$35,000
Min 10%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$110,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Netflix
Highest Paying City
Beaverton, OR
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.8 years
How much does a Creative Producer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Creative Producer in the United States is $62,634 per year or $30 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $35,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $110,000.

Real Creative Producer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Creative Producer Onslot Creative, Inc. New York, NY Sep 11, 2015 $150,000
Producer & Creative Strategist Free Range Puppies LLC. San Francisco, CA Sep 12, 2015 $108,378
Supervising Creative Producer & Graphic Designer The Sapling Foundation New York, NY Jan 10, 2016 $97,000
Creative Producer Dynamic Television Group, LLC Beverly Hills, CA Aug 15, 2015 $96,000
Senior Creative Producer Blue State Digital Inc. New York, NY Jul 01, 2015 $90,000
Global Retail Creative Producer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 26, 2016 $83,200
Creative Strategist and Producer Free Range Puppies LLC. San Francisco, CA Sep 12, 2015 $78,826
Creative Producer Good Sense & Co. Production Services LLC New York, NY Sep 11, 2015 $78,000
Creative Producer Arko Creative, Inc. New York, NY Oct 15, 2015 $75,362
Creative Producer, Project Lead (Copywriter) Buzzfeed, Inc. New York, NY Feb 06, 2016 $75,000
Creative Producer, Project Lead (Copywriter) Buzzfeed, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Feb 06, 2016 $75,000
Creative Producer Madwell LLC New York, NY Sep 19, 2016 $72,000 -
$75,000
Creative Producer Madwell LLC New York, NY Sep 29, 2016 $68,000 -
$73,200
Creative Producer Associate Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S., Inc. Glendale, CA Sep 01, 2010 $68,000
Creative Producer Music Mastermind, Inc. Calabasas, CA Nov 01, 2012 $66,000
Creative Producer Bon Duke Inc. New York, NY Aug 15, 2016 $60,000
Creative Producer Music Mastermind, Inc. Calabasas, CA Mar 07, 2012 $60,000
Creative Producer Reliance Lowry Digital Imaging Services, Inc. Burbank, CA Sep 16, 2014 $59,384
Creative Producer Oxford Road Los Angeles, CA Sep 18, 2016 $55,000
Assistant Creative Producer Dream Rush Productions, Inc. New York, NY Sep 10, 2013 $54,500

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Top Skills for A Creative Producer

  1. Video Production
  2. Promotional Events
  3. Creative Direction
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed in-house video production studio facilities.
  • Consulted with clients and account executives to discuss the demographics, goals, and creative direction for commercials.
  • Recruited and managed a rotating staff of camera people, editors, graphic artists, web developers and copywriters.
  • Earned promotions during tenure from Marketing Graphic Designer to Web Project Manager to Senior Production Manager.
  • Project management of various global brand initiatives.

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Top 10 Best States for Creative Producers

  1. New York
  2. District of Columbia
  3. California
  4. Connecticut
  5. Georgia
  6. Maryland
  7. Washington
  8. Nevada
  9. New Jersey
  10. Florida
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Creative Producer Demographics

Gender

Male

56.2%

Female

31.5%

Unknown

12.3%
Ethnicity

White

60.2%

Hispanic or Latino

17.2%

Black or African American

10.1%

Asian

8.0%

Unknown

4.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

51.3%

French

15.4%

Portuguese

7.7%

Italian

7.7%

Mandarin

5.1%

Hawaiian

2.6%

German

2.6%

Japanese

2.6%

Russian

2.6%

Hebrew

2.6%
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Creative Producer Education

Schools

University of California - Los Angeles

10.2%

Columbia College Chicago

10.2%

New York University

7.4%

University of California - Berkeley

6.5%

Emerson College

5.6%

Boston University

5.6%

University of Washington

5.6%

San Francisco State University

5.6%

University of Southern California

4.6%

School of Visual Arts

4.6%

James Madison University

3.7%

Full Sail University

3.7%

Brooks Institute

3.7%

San Diego State University

3.7%

Michigan State University

3.7%

Northwestern University

3.7%

Arkansas State University

3.7%

Evergreen State College

2.8%

George Washington University

2.8%

University of San Francisco

2.8%
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Majors

Photography

25.1%

Communication

16.3%

Graphic Design

9.1%

Journalism

6.9%

Fine Arts

5.4%

Business

4.9%

English

4.2%

Marketing

3.7%

Theatre

3.4%

Entertainment Business

3.0%

Writing

2.2%

Music

2.2%

Visual And Performing Arts

2.0%

Psychology

2.0%

Education

1.7%

Political Science

1.7%

Advertising

1.7%

Digital Media

1.5%

Liberal Arts

1.5%

Animation

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

56.8%

Other

17.3%

Masters

13.9%

Associate

5.5%

Certificate

4.3%

Diploma

1.5%

Doctorate

0.8%
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